‘Poultry As Bad As Red Meat’

Poultry as bad as red meats for cholesterol, says study

Poultry as bad as red meats for cholesterol, says study

Moreover, this effect was observed whether or not the diet contained high levels of saturated fat, which increased blood cholesterol to the same extent with all three protein sources. Along the way, their blood would be tested for levels of total cholesterol as well as low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol-the "bad" kind of cholesterol that can cause a build-up of plaque in our arteries and raise the risk of heart disease and stroke.

But a new study finds that consuming white meat - specifically poultry - affects blood cholesterol levels in about the same way that red meat does.

The findings appear this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And while small and medium-size LDL is strongly linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, the relationship is weaker for large-size LDL. According to the authors of the study, vegetables, dairy products and legumes are more effective in controlling the level of cholesterol. However, researchers found in the new study that levels of LDL did not change depending on the type of meat that participants consumed. "I don't want people to get too focused on an all-or-nothing approach", said Ronald Krauss, the study's lead author.

The study does have some caveats. The study only looked at lean meats and did not include processed meats or fish.

Either way, you could be endangering your heart health, suggests a new study.

Sayer has conducted randomized clinical trials to investigate the impact of red meat consumption on cardiometabolic health and weight loss in adults with obesity.

Red meat, such as beef and lamb, has become unpopular in recent years because of its association with heart disease, and government nutrition guidelines have encouraged consumers to eat poultry as a healthier alternative, the researchers noted.